Erin’s Canadian Fried Dough

This recipe is passed down from my Nana who was famous for her doughnuts. This is one she would make us on a cold winters day after skating all day on the outdoor rink. It is a popular treat when skating on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Canada.

Original recipe makes 10 beaver tails


1 cup milk
1 egg
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons white sugar
1 tablespoon butter
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
1 quart vegetable oil for frying
1/4 cup cinnamon sugar, or to taste

  • PREP

    20 mins

  • COOK

    40 mins


    2 hrs 30 mins


  1. Place the milk, egg, salt, sugar, butter, flour, and yeast into a bread machine in that order. Start the machine’s Dough cycle.
  2. Once the dough cycle has completed, remove the dough from the bread machine to a lightly floured surface. Cover with a large mixing bowl, and let rest 10 to 15 minutes. Divide the dough into 10 balls, then flatten, and gently stretch into 8×6-inch ovals (a beaver tail shape.)
  3. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. Cook the dough one or two at a time in the hot oil until lightly browned on each side, about 2 minutes per side. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate, and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar to serve.


Calories: 290 kcal
Carbohydrates: 41 g
Cholesterol: 26 mg
Fat: 11.3 g
Fiber: 1.2 g
Protein: 5.8 g
Sodium: 201 mg